Dying Man Renews Vows With Wife of 72 Years

wedding ringImagine what it must feel like, being as madly in love with someone after 72 years of marriage as you were on the day that you said, "I do."

Of course, we all hope to feel that way, but let's be realistic. With the divorce rates as high as they are and just plain life getting in the way, marriages tend to lose their spark. But this couple was still so in love after 72 years of marriage, they decided to renew their vows, even though the husband only had days left to live after breaking a hip three weeks ago. 

Sigh. They just don't make marriages like that anymore.


Vernon (93) and Sue McAlister (87) married when she was 15 and he was 20 after meeting on Vernon's dad's farm in South Carolina.

Gazing lovingly into each other's eyes, the couple renewed their wedding vows on their 72nd wedding anniversary in a hospice in Anderson County, South Carolina, with the bride dressed in a pink gown and veil and the groom, though unable to get out of bed, donning a suit and tie.

"My father told me she would make a good wife," Vernon said. "I couldn't have imagined how right he was. She is just purely wonderful. She is a jewel."

And she's still just as crazy about him. "He has loved me and respected me and cherished me the way he said he would when I was just a young girl and he was just a young man," Sue said. "There is nothing to be nervous about when you are walking toward the person you love with your whole heart.''

Now this is how a marriage should be. This is what it's all about.

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